Wednesday, June 21, 2006

And We Eat Righties for Lunch: Game 71 Thoughts

-6 straight wins, 6 straight games with at least 8 runs, 6 straight games where at least 8 players got a hit. Teams must be terrified of the Sox right now. They are killing the ball and still pitching well. We all know that if the offense shuts down for a day, the pitching is more than capable of picking up the slack.

-The 6 straight games with at least 8 runs is a franchise record.

-Buehrle pitched decently. It wasn't his best performance, but seeing how large his lead was, he did well enough. I thought Buehrle would raise his play against the Cards, but he looked more like Dwyane (no that's not a typo) Wade against the Bulls...not so hot. I will give credit where credit is due. Buehrle didn't have his best stuff, but he didn't let this one get away. After giving up three runs in the first two innings, he hunkered down and didn't let a run across until the sixth.

-Marquis had been a hot pitcher coming into this game. He had won his last six decisions, but we still rocked him.

-I'm glad Jenks pitched today; it has been quite a while since he's seen some action. He looked real sharp. He pitched a perfect inning, throwing 11 pitches and striking out two batters.

-Crede and Uribe are probably the Sox two hottest hitters at the moment. They both homered again today, and Juanny had another two hit game.

-Thome was a triple short of the cycle. He hit Thomer number 453, breaking his tie with Yaz and tying Sheff and Manny for 28th all time. His double just missed leaving the park; one more foot and it would be gone.

-Even though this was a blowout, LaRussa felt the need to use as much of his bullpen as possible. Marquis suffered through 5 innings, giving up 13 runs in the process; after finally gettiny yanked, LaRussa had a different reliever pitcher every inning thereafter. You would think that after using the bullpen heavily the night before, he would try and minimize their workload today, but apparently not.

-BA withdrew his appeal today, and served game 1 of his 5 game suspension today. I don't know why he decided to do this now, maybe he was waiting to see if Barrett had his suspension reduced.

-Speaking of suspensions, I'm expecting Ozzie and Riske to get the boot for a couple games after the beaning yesterday, and I will comment on Ozzie and his colorful mouth once consequences are handed out for what he said.

-Tiger Watch: The Tigers blew at late 3-1 lead against the Brew Crew, losing 4-3.

Sox Player of the Game

Jim Thome (8)


Blogger Jonathan Kelley said...

6 straight games with 13+ hits.

Uribe slugging close to 1.000 over that stretch -- six straight games with at least a double or homer, and 12 hits in that period.

Konerko now tied with Thome with 59 RBI. Now hitting .324.


6/22/2006 12:59 AM  
Anonymous james said...

I read somewhere (I think it was the Trib Online this morning) that Greg Walker had Uribe open his stance a little more and that has lead directly to his recent surge.

If Juan keeps it up, maybe Walk should get a pay raise.

6/22/2006 6:20 AM  

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